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  • Lawmakers to review school finances

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — Public schools face a 2.8 percent reduction in state aid next year and lawmakers questioned Wednesday whether changes are needed in New Mexico’s financing formula to ensure districts receive their fair share of taxpayer dollars for education.

    The Legislative Finance Committee received preliminary budget estimates showing a $66 million reduction to schools in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, May 19 — As has been its custom for twenty-five years the E. Romero Hose and Fire company will observe Decoration day on Tuesday, May 30. The company has arranged to leave its station on Bridge Street in the afternoon at 2 o’clock and go to the cemeteries where it will decorate the graves of the departed members. With fitting ceremonies a handsome wreath will be placed on each grave. The E. Romero company invites other organizations to join in the observance of the day.

  • Looking Ahead

    Graffiti cleanup is Saturday

    Keep Las Vegas Beautiful is seeking volunteers to help with a graffiti cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Riverwalk. Call Anita at 426-3216 for more information.

  • Weather - May 20, 2011

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. West wind 10-20 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 77. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:54 a.m. to 8:01 p.m.
     

  • FYI

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • FYI - News

    The Santa Fe National Forest is implementing fire restrictions, according to The Associated Press. The restrictions will not apply to the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, Dome Wilderness, Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness. Campfires will be limited to designated camp and picnic grounds with grills and fire rings. Smoking will be permitted only in vehicles or buildings or in developed recreation sites. Federally managed lands in the adjacent Manzano and Gallinas mountains are closed due to fire danger.

  • Groups call for trapping ban

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Conservation groups want wildlife officials to ban all recreational and commercial trapping on public lands in New Mexico.

    The request was made this week despite a recent recommendation that game commissioners reconsider a temporary trapping ban in place in southwestern New Mexico where Mexican gray wolves have been reintroduced. The suggestion came from a small business task force appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Station gets $6.7M award

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Department of Transportation has awarded $6.7 million for construction of a new commuter rail station on Montaño Road.

    Located in the heart of Albuquerque, the Montaño Intermodal Center will link ABQ Ride buses and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.

    The four-acre center will be located on Montaño Road, a major connector that crosses the Rio Grande and one of only a few streets that spans the entire city from east to west.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Old sayings and dichos in various contexts

    “That’s a lot of baloney.” Yes, we do have some strange sayings in our English language dichos, don’t we? I heard a friend say that very phrase recently, and true to form, I do know what a lot of baloney is, in another context.

  • BREAKING: Two city workers killed in accident

    Two city of Las Vegas utilities department employees were killed Wednesday morning when the ditch they were working in collapsed on them, City Attorney David Romero confirmed.
    Gene Hern and Frank Romero died at the scene.
    "We are still in shock and trying to address the needs of all concerned,  including family members and coworkers," Romero said. "The primary concern now is for the families of the deceased."
    He said Hern and Romero were working on a sewer line near Cinder Road and Palo Verde when the accident occurred.